Now that we are into those chilly winter months it's time to make sure you are thinking and acting efficiently when it comes to keeping the heat in your home!
Follow the tips below for keeping your home warm this winter.
- Leave your faucets dripping slightly especially the ones that are served by exposed pipes, this will help prevent pipes from freezing.
- Disconnect water to hoses or lines from your outside spigots as well as any outdoor sprinkler systems!
- Lay down rugs over your wood floors during the winter, not only will it be cozy on bare feet but it will help to keep you room warmer, by trapping heat!
- Float your furniture away from walls that may have heating vents!
- Insulate unfinished rooms such as garages and sunrooms if they contain exposed pipes
- Keep your house warm – at least 60-65 degrees! Or install a programmable thermostat, which will help to keep you bill low and efficiency high! This Old House suggests the following:
- 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. = 68 degrees
- 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. = 60 degrees
- 5:30 to 11 p.m. = 68 degrees
- 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. = 60 degrees
- Check to see if your ceiling fan has a winter or revere setting. By moving your ceiling fan in the opposite direction, clockwise spinning will push heat back down that is rising. Try this at a low speed!
- Keep your garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage
- Open your cabinet’s doors in the kitchen & bathroom under the sink so allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing.
- If you have radiators put tinfoil on the back of the radiator – this reflects heat back into the room – but make sure to monitor closely. This helps to trap the heat and let it spread evenly throughout the room versus up towards the ceiling.
- Stay warm this winter by trying these tips, and before your know it spring will be upon us!